Twitter issues written apology to Parliamentary Committee over showing Ladakh in China

Twitter issues written apology to Parliamentary Committee over showing Ladakh in China

Mr Lekhi, who heads the panel, said any company wanting to do business in the country will have to abide by its laws.

On 29 October, twitter accepted that it was their mistake and in front of India's Joint Parliamentary Committee twitter asked a verbal apology. "They said they'll need time till November 30 to rectify the mistake", said Lekhi.

However, Twitter showed his location as "Jammu and Kashmir, People's Republic of China" instead of the Union Territory of Ladakh, the region's current classification post the abrogation of Article 270 in August 2019.

The issue was first brought to attention by national security analyst Nitin Gokhale after he went live on Twitter from the Hall of Fame, a war memorial at Leh.

Acknowledging the Centre's letter, Twitter in its reply had said that the company is committed to work with the Indian government and respect the sensitivities involved.

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The Indian government on 22 October had warned the microblogging about its location setting that showed Leh in China, saying any disrespect towards the country's sovereignty and integrity is totally unacceptable.

Twitter had come under heavy criticism after the error, following which it had carried out a statement, saying it would resolve the concerned geotag issue swiftly. "We would also like to apologise for any sentiments that were hurt because of this error", it added.

Nuclear-armed India and China fought a brief but bloody border war in 1962, and are now locked in a months-long military stand-off along their contested Himalayan border that includes the region of Ladakh. Members also asked Twitter to explain what action was taken against those responsible for the wrong use of the map.

"The committee was of the unanimous opinion that Twitter's explanation on showing Ladakh as part of China was inadequate", Lekhi had said after the meeting. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article.

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